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Girl Scout Cookies come from two bakeries in the United States, ABC Bakers in Richmond, VA and Little Brownie Bakers in Louisville, KY. There was either a crash that caused the fire or it may have just been a fire on US 27 in Pendleton, KY, on Thursday morning. That’s about half an hour from Louisville. So the bad news is that thousands of boxes of Girl Scout cookies were destroyed in a vehicle fire. The good news is that Little Brownie Bakers produces 450 million Thin Mints each day. But you’re right, it’s still sad.

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Matters of the heart – There is still some back and forth but the general consensus across multiple studies is that coffee is good for your heart. For each cup of coffee consumed in one study the participants took an additional 500 steps that day. There are studies and reports very focused on specifics, like antioxidants or sleep patterns, but a study released March of last concludes that people who drink 2 to 3 cups per day live longer than those who do not. As for the meme, my love and I drink coffee together every morning.

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Uga X should be in the college football hall of fame. Listen, I get it. You have either reveled in all the UGA coverage, interviews and memes for the past six days or you are sick and tired of it already. The infographic above is probably one you have not seen already but I’m not going to fill the Deja Vu post with celebration pics and football stats. PETA has once again asked the school to retire again and use human mascots. UGA has responded that he’s not going anywhere. If we are talking about the ethical treatment of animals – and not just grabbing attention or pulling outlandish stunts – then you gotta admit that Uga lives like a king.

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New Year’s Eve Ball Drop – I’m going to start this week’s post discussing last Saturday’s Peach Bowl. Then we’ll do everything else before finishing with several items relating to the National Championship Game, giving you a chance to bail out if you would like.

In New York at midnight the ball dropped. In Atlanta, it hooked left. That particular screen grab makes it look like a good kick but it didn’t just hook a little to the left, it was more like 20 ft. to the left of the pole. The Georgia Bulldogs beat The Ohio State Buckeyes 42 – 41 and won the Peach Bowl by a single point. The wide kick corresponded almost exactly to the countdown ringing in 2023. The CFP semifinals did not disappoint this year. At halftime OSU led 28 – 24 and it was close all the way down to the final minute. TCU upset Michigan like no one but TCU fans could have predicted.

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Last week it was 9 degrees when I got up. Today we are starting at 55 and looking for a high of 63 this afternoon. The average temperature for the month of December is 52 but it’s not uncommon to have highs in the 70’s and for the sun to make it feel warmer than it actually is.

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It’s cold. That’s the big news where I live. Much of the deep South is about to have the coldest Christmas in decades. The last time northwest Georgia saw single digit temps was 2014. I was working with my brother in HVAC at that time. A lot of stuff broke down while other stuff froze and burst. We kept getting called away from scheduled work to answer emergency service calls. The same thing will be happening this weekend plus it’s Christmas. There are GA Power customers in our area that have been without electricity for eight hours. Pray for all those affected by the extreme cold, linemen and other emergency services, and don’t forget holiday travelers that may not make it to where they are going or will be stuck when they get there. The bright side is this will not last long. By next weekend we’ll be back up in the 60’s here.

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Here’s a controversy we don’t get to have every year, just every 6th year or so. December 25th falls on Sunday this year. The argument is that cancelling services gives church staff a break and allows them to spend time with their families. Maybe it’s a generational thing and I’m from a previous one but… my family has always known where to find me on Sunday morning. Maybe it’s because my dad was an independant, fundamentalist, premillennial Baptist and we were at church every time the doors were opened; Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, revival, cottage prayer meeting, etc. I would no sooner cancel church services on Christmas than I would on Easter Sunday. To me that makes it extra special. There are some folks that only come to church on Easter and Christmas so that cancellation eliminates 50% of their attendance for the year. Maybe I’m an old grouch but in this case I feel like being an old grouch for Jesus.

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December 25th is not really Jesus’s birthday. This is not breaking news. Let’s stop pontificating on when sheep are kept in fields, whether or not it snows in Israel (it does) and making arguments for when his actual birthday is. Christmas has been celebrated on December 25th since A.D. 336, during the reign of Emperor Constantine. He made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire. Setting that date may have been an effort to weaken established pagan traditions, rather than following them. Hanging wreaths, decorating trees and lighting candles (and by extension strings of lights) have pagan origins. Celebrating the birth of Christ – the incarnation – is uniquely Christian. It’s not about a baby in a manger; it’s about the fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy. It’s about John the Baptist leaping in his mother’s womb and Mary and Elizabeth being filled the Holy Spirit. It’s about the angel appearing to Joseph and Mary and the faith it took for them to travel to Bethlehem. It’s about angels bringing good tidings of great joy and wise men traveling from afar to worship him. It’s about the deity of God being robed in flesh and walking among us. It’s about the point of contact between heaven and earth. It’s about the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, the first page of a story that ends at the cross… which for us is only the beginning. So don’t worry about the day. At this point the Julian calendar is off by 13 days and observant Jews probably ignored it anyway.

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Wendel Dan Stockton – There were some celebrity deaths this week. Clarence Gilyard, best known for Walker Texas Ranger but also one of my favorite Christmas movies Die Hard, passed at the age of 66. Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac at the age of 79. The pic above is from a senior banquet in 2011. Dan Stockton was my principal when I taught World and U.S. History. I said a lot of personal things that relate to our family in my Facebook post because many former students and other teachers keep in touch that way. For this post let me just say that for a man Dr. Stockton wore his heart on his sleeve and it was apparent that no one cared more than he did. The lives of thousands of students and dozens of educators were changed by his work and passion. I’m reminded of a line describing Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: He’s not a tame lion. Here is an official obituary.

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